Pros

  • Most of you need is in the box
  • More graphics power than Intel's NUC
  • Full complement of ports, including DisplayPort

Cons

  • Relies on old-school hard drive
  • Slow benchmark performance

At A Glance

The Sapphire VS8 is a little more expensive than Intel's NUC line, but it includes memory and storage where Intel expects you to bring your own.

Manufacturer’s Description

The Sapphire Edge VS series is a new family of mini-PCs based on the latest Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) technology from AMD, codenamed Trinity. It delivers fantastic performance and stunning graphics in a small format for a wide range of applications. At home, the compact, beautiful design can be sited anywhere, replacing older bulky PCs--yet it will breeze through almost any task. For the business user, its super-compact and sleek design releases valuable desk or floor space, yet it runs all standard Microsoft Office and other productivity applications efficiently. The Sapphire VS series is a revolution even for gamers. It supports all the latest games titles, with more and more being optimized for this technology. The internal Radeon HD graphics engine delivers superb graphics rendering for game play or video streaming.

Manufacturer’s Website

Sapphire Edge VS8

The Specs

Processor
Processor type AMD A8-4555M APU
Processor speed 1600.0 MHz
Graphics
Graphics Type Integrated
Primary Graphics Chipset AMD RadeonTM HD7600G
Graphics Memory 0.256 GB
Storage
Drives included 1.0
General Information
UPC Code 840777060711
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces
  • Audio - Microphone In (1/8
  • Bluetooth
  • HDMI
  • Line Out 1/8
  • USB 3.0
Memory
Memory size 4000.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Storage Media
SD card SD Card

Performance

Product Type
Subcategory Budget
Overall Rating
Worldbench Score 34.0
Worldbench Version 8
Start Up
Start Up 15.8   seconds (lower is better)
Office Productivity
PCMARK 926.0   score (higher is better)
Web Performance
Peacekeeper 1255.0   score (higher is better)
Storage Performance
PCMark 7 Storage Test 1401.0   seconds (lower is better)
File Compression 270.3   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 1015.3   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 353.0   seconds (lower is better)
Encoding Audio 555.2   seconds (lower is better)
Power Usage
Working power usage 5.3   Watt hours
Idle power usage 17.0   Watts
Gaming
3DMark 11, 1280x720 Performance 888.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark 11, 1920x1080 Extreme 277.0   score (higher is better)
Civilization V, Leader Benchmark, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 16.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
Civilization V, Leader Benchmark, High Quality, 1920x1080 18.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Civilization V, Leader Benchmark, Low Quality, 1366x768 500.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Civilization V, Late Game View, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 5.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
Civilization V, Late Game View, High Quality, 1920x1080 5.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Civilization V, Late Game View, Low Quality, 1366x768 11.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt Showdown, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 13.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt Showdown, High Quality, 1920x1080 15.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt Showdown, Low Quality, 1366x768 22.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
TouchXPRT
Beautify Photo Album 0.61   Photos/sec (Higher is better)
Beautify Photo Album 82.4   seconds (lower is better)
Prepare Photos for Sharing 0.22   Collages/sec (Higher is better)
Prepare Photos for Sharing 31.71   seconds (lower is better)
Convert Videos for Sharing 0.2   X (higher is better)
Convert Videos for Sharing 400.3   seconds (lower is better)
Export Podcast to MP3 49.4   X (higher is better)
Export Podcast to MP3 36.21   seconds (lower is better)
Create Slideshow from Photos 1.42   Photos/sec (Higher is better)
Create Slideshow from Photos 35.14   seconds (lower is better)

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